HOUSTON – The University of Connecticut men’s swimming and diving team placed fourth overall in the American Athletic Conference Championships after concluding the final day of action on Saturday at the CRWC Natatorium. The Huskies totaled 645 points through four days, while East Carolina won the event with a final score of 907 points.
The Huskies won multiple medals in their last outing, starting with Mark Hunter (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa). The UConn freshman recorded the top time in the preliminaries of the 200-breaststroke (1:58.90) and finished second in the finals in 1:57.92. Senior Greg Baliko (Fanwood, N.J.) was third in the preliminaries and took home fourth-place honors in the final with a time of 1:59.28.
In the 200-butterfly final, Connecticut claimed two of the top-three spots. Junior Chris Girg (Burbach, Germany) finished second (1:47.03) just ahead of senior Ryan Walsh (Monroe, N.Y.), who was third after swimming the race in 1:48.56. SMU’s Samuel Straughan won the event with a time of 1:46.04.
The Huskies also produced top-three times in the 100-freestyle and 1650-freestyle finals. Junior James Donlevy (Lake Grove, N.Y.) placed third in the 100-freestyle in 44.61. Senior Mike Lennon (Williston Park, N.Y.) swam to a third-place finish in the 1650-freestyle with a time of 15:29.78.
Senior Jeff Magin (Brookfield, Conn.) completed the 200-backstroke in 1:45.41, setting a new school record and earning the fourth-best time in the race. Freshman Matthew Dagenais (Middletown, Conn.) finished eighth (1:52.15).
On the diving side, senior John Brice (Bala Cynwood, Pa.), who took home silver on the three-meter board earlier this week, placed fifth in the platform event with a total score of 243.45. Sophomore Daniel Kinney (Middletown, Conn.) was also in action, coming in sixth with 240.55 points.
In the final event of the conference meet, the 400-freestyle relay, Magin and Donlevy teamed up with sophomore Daniel Krentsa (Brookfield, Conn.) and junior Kevin Konarski (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) to earn a fourth-place finish with a time of 2:59.84.